Frank, mijn ex 3 x meegeweest reiziger die nu alleen anar Kenya is, zit in Kilifi deze maand. Het regent dagelijks en alles is mooi groen.
Iemand zin om mee te gaan naar Kenya 14 mei aanstaande ?
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There is currently an outbreak of dengue fever at the Coast. It was first noted in Mombasa, spread to Kilifi and is probably now affecting the whole coast.
Dengue is spread by a day-biting mosquito, and caused by a virus. There is no specific treatment, so prevention of bites is key.
The illness itself has an incubation period of 3 – 8 days; it starts suddenly with headache, fever, chills, pains behind the eyes and pains in the low back and limbs. It is quite similar to malaria, but malaria tests will be negative.
The specific test for dengue is not easily available in Kenya, and will not be positive until at least 5-6 days after the illness begins.
Treatment is rest, plenty to drink and regular paracetamol for the pain and fever. Dengue gets better by itself, but sufferers will feel very unwell for at least 10 days, and will need to rest properly even when recovering. Most people will need two weeks off work.
Remember, avoid bites by using plenty of repellent and spraying rooms during the day as well as at night.
Contact the clinic if you think you may have dengue; at weekends/after hours go to casualty or, for UKB, call the FCO Healthline for advice.
FCO Regional Medical Officer, Nairobi
MORE than 6000 families affected by tribal clashes six months ago in Tana Delta have been hit by a double tragedy after their homes were swept away by floods. The victims lost all their properties during the deadly clashes that left nearly 200 people dead five months ago. They returned home only to get another tragedy after river Tana burst its banks last week. Currently both communities affected are camping at temporary camps near Wema area which is on a higher ground Among the areas worst hit include Tawakal, Abageda, Maziwa, Wilkon, Kulesa Isabel, and Mikameni villages…
There are also fears of famine and outbreak of diseases following the floods as the victims have not engaged in any economic activity ever since the tragedy begun
Floods continue to cause havoc in the North Rift sweeping crops away, destroying roads and displacing hundreds of residents. The most affected areas are Kerio Valley, parts of Pokot, Turkana, Marakwet and Nandi counties.
Health officials have been sent to carry out disease surveillance following fears the heavy rains may cause an outbreak of water borne diseases. Police in Uasin Gishu recovered four bodies of victims killed by the floods."The victims have been missing for four days. We suspect they were swept away by the floods," said area Deputy Police boss Charles Mutua. In Nandi the floods have killed four people and the Red Cross wants those living in hilly areas to vacate for safety. Transport has
een paralysed on most routes and bridges have been swept away.
Elgeyo Marakwet county commissioner Muhammed Birik says farmers are unable to move farm produce from Kerio Valley to markets in Eldoret and other towns.
"Most roads have been damaged and can not be repaired until the rains subside. Roads from Marakwet and parts of Keiyo have been rendered impassable. Business has been low for farmers along with matatu operators,"said Birik.
Two small bridges were swept away by floods in Marakwet, cutting off communication between in some locations. Meanwhile, hundreds of families displaced by floods in parts of Rift Valley have not received tents and food.
Pokot South DC Kigen Kipkorir said they are working with Kenya Red Cross for the supply of tents, food and medical kits to the displaced families. He said several families in areas likely to be hit by floods have been given three days to vacate to safer areas.
"Many more people are still in areas which we have classified as dangerous and we have sent officers to help move them because the rains and increasing and the effects of the floods may be more," said Kipkorir. More than 10,000 people have been displaced by floods in Pokot, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet and parts of Baringo.
About 8,000 residents are still marooned in areas classified as risky that are likely to be hit by landslides while others are trapped in the Kerio Valley escarpment even after they were ordered to move out. Birik said they are working with the Red Cross to help families to move out of the areas.